In 1967, Anguilla rebelled and subsequently seceded from the state of St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla in response to a history of neglect. Very early the founding father the Honourable James Ronald Webster made the statement to the world that Anguilla did not want to become a “nation of waiters and busboys”. That proclamation was emphatic and clearly established the enduring position/vision that as a proud people Anguillians wanted to participate fully in their own development not simply as workers, but as professionals, entrepreneurs and owners. The tourism policy which emerged twelve years later, in 1979, had at its foundation, a like vision of creating an industry which allowed local Anguillians to be empowered.
I've been talking sustainable development in the CNMI with a few close friends lately. Thought I'd just share a tidbit.